Funds will ensure the expansion of care to affected families and also benefit the local population
Barra Longa (state of Minas Gerais) will receive about R$ 8 million to strengthen public health care services in the municipality. The resources will be transferred by Renova Foundation over two years and will ensure the expansion of services provided to the local population. The transfer is the result of a court settlement signed between the municipality of Barra Longa, Renova Foundation, and its maintainers.
Health care initiatives in the community of Barra Longa have been carried out since the collapse of the Fundão dam in 2015. Starting in 2016, Renova Foundation began to provide health and social assistance professionals to the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS) and the Unified Social Assistance System (SUAS).
With the agreement, approved by the court on Thursday (10th), health care initiatives in the municipality will be strengthened. Most of the financial transfer, about R$ 6 million, will be allocated to the hiring and training of 20 professionals to work in the areas of Primary Health Care (PHC), Mental Health, and Health Surveillance. Psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, nursing technicians, occupational therapists, social workers, speech therapists will be hired for Health Surveillance, as well as graduate, undergraduate, and technical professionals
The agreement also provides for support for the training of SUS professionals in the municipality. These employees, according to the topics covered, will be selected by the municipality and will work as multipliers of knowledge for the other professionals.
Among the planned actions is also the provision of a new space to host the mental health initiatives of the municipality, with the rental of a property and purchase of furniture, equipment, and materials necessary for services such as clinical and outpatient care of affected families, home and therapeutic care of those affected.
The agreement also includes the provision of computers to support the Health Information System, two vehicles to support the Primary Health Care System (PHC) and Health surveillance teams in the monitoring of families affected by the collapse of the Fundão dam.
In addition to these fronts, the city will receive R$ 300 thousand, complementing the amounts passed on by the Federal and State Governments, for pharmaceutical assistance, ensuring the acquisition of medicines and supplies. R$ 50 thousand are also earmarked for specialized exams.
The strengthening of the Health Care System in Barra Longa, through the technical and financial support of Renova Foundation, meets the demands of the Transaction and Conduct Adjustment Term (TTAC) concerning the reparatory actions to support the health care in the municipality.